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  • RNC 2012: Ralph Reed Interview

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    8/27/12

    "Managing editor Kim Lawton talked with Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, in Tampa. Watch excerpts from their conversation about Paul Ryan\'s Catholicism, how to reach evangelical voters, and why Reed thinks Obama "doesn\'t have a good story to tell."moreless
  • Response to Sikh Temple Shooting

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    8/10/12

    '?The spirit of resilience is deep in the heart of the Sikh faith,'? says Valarie Kaur, a Sikh woman from Auburn Seminary in New York. '?Sikhs have died for their turbans, died for their faith, but drawn from their faith to rise up again and not be afraid.'?moreless
  • Father Paolo Dall'Oglio: aPlease Take Care of Syriaa

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    7/31/12

    Father Paolo Dall'Oglio, an Italian Jesuit priest and leader of the Deir Mar Musa monastery in Syria, was exiled last month for criticizing President Bashar al-Assad. On July 23, he spoke at an interfaith iftar meal in Arlington, Virginia. Dall'?Oglio warned against the increasing violence in Syria and acknowledged what he sees as an urgent need for international outreach and intervention.moreless
  • Islamic Art Galleries

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    7/27/12

    The many works on view at the Met in New York demonstrate how artistic motifs were shared and used by people of different faiths in different regions over the centuries.
  • Attorney Brendan Sullivan Extended Interview

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    7/13/12

    Famed criminal defense attorney discusses the ill-fated prosecution of the late Alaska Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), in which prosecutors withheld critical evidence from the defense and stood silently as some of their key witnesses testified falsely. Sullivan talks about what went wrong in the case and offers some suggestions for improvements at the U.S. Department of Justice.moreless
  • Religious Responses to Supreme Court Decisions

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    Individual liberty versus the common good and the ongoing need for comprehensive immigration reform were among the issues religious groups continued to debate as the High Court'?s current term came to a close.moreless
  • Craig Dykstra: Religion and Lilly Endowment

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    Dr. Craig Dykstra is retiring this summer as head of the Lilly Endowment'?s religion division. On his watch, the endowment has made grants of nearly 1.8 billion dollars, much of it to help strengthen congregations and pastors. Bob Abernethy interviews Dykstra and others about his hopes and results.moreless
  • Niger Famine and Re-Greening

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    "Drought does not need to mean famine," according to Niger's president, who adds that the country is tired of needing help and not being able to feed its own people. "We need to escape from emergency aid. We need to help our population produce and provide for itself."moreless
  • E.J. Dionne: Religion Is Always There

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    The Washington Post columnist talks religion and politics with correspondent Kim Lawton. Will Catholic voters be moved by the US bishops'? appeals to religious liberty? Can President Obama make any inroads with evangelical conservatives? What role will Mitt Romney'?s Mormon faith play? Have the Democrats backed away from working with religious voters?moreless
  • United Farm Workers 50th Anniversary

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    "It was the first successful labor union for farmworkers,'? says author Miriam Pawel. '?It was very much the civil rights movement of the West,". But fifty years after its founding by the late Cesar Chavez, the UFW is struggling to retain membership and influence.moreless
  • Catholic Bishops: What's at Stake?

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    The US Catholic bishops hold their semi-annual meeting next week in Atlanta amid new tensions between US nuns and the Church, and a swirling scandal at the Vatican over leaked documents. Watch our conversation about what'?s at stake for the bishops with Kevin Eckstrom, editor-in-chief at Religion News Service, and Patricia Zapor, staff writer at Catholic News Service.moreless
  • May 25, 2012

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    S 2012 : Ep 05.25.12 -

    We discuss the looming legal battle between some Catholic institutions and the Obama administration over the contraception mandate; visit Union Theological Seminary and talk with future women ministers and theologians; and review the current Supreme Court case about sentencing juveniles convicted of murder to life without parole.moreless
  • Women in Theology and Ministry

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    More and more Christian women are graduating from seminary and pursuing careers in theology and ministry. Kim Lawton visits Union Theological Seminary in NYC and talks with its first female president, Serene Jones, about the opportunities for women in theology, as well as the limitations they still face.moreless
  • May 18, 2012

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    S 2012 : Ep 05.18.12 -

    We visit New Orleans pastor Fred Luter, who may soon become the Southern Baptist Convention's first African-American president; and we look at the ethical debate over worker's rights and fair labor standards in Cambodia's garment industry.moreless
  • African-American Spirituals

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    Generations of African slaves found a powerful way of singing through suffering in spirituals that were rooted in biblical stories and images.
  • Father Martin Laird on Contemplation

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    12/16/11

    Martin Laird, an Augustinian priest at Villanova University, teaches the ancient Christian practice of contemplation in order to "quiet the mind" and have a deep awareness of union with God.
  • Donor Fatigue

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    11/25/11

    The problems in troubled regions like Somalia are long term and at least partially man-made. In the minds of donors, that's very different from sudden disasters like the earthquake in Haiti. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on how two Minnesota charities are dealing with so-called donor fatigue as they respond to the crisis in the Horn of Africa.moreless
  • November 25, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 11.25.11 - 11/25/11

    Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, on combating hunger; Donor Fatigue; Dr. Brenda Williams, who along with her husband, gives free homes to disadvantaged families
  • November 18, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 11.18.11 - 11/18/11

    The parallels between the Penn State and Catholic Church sex abuse scandals; Happiness and a High Standard of Living; Rev. James Martin on spirituality and humor
  • Richard Rohr

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    11/11/11

    Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest who has become a widely popular author and lecturer with his message about the importance of spiritual experience. His new book is "Falling Upward," about moving beyond everyday self-interest into lives of prayer and contemplation.moreless
  • Religious Pilgrimage

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    11/4/11

    Virginia Raguin is a professor at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts and the curator of a traveling exhibit on pilgrimages in Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. We spoke to her about pilgrimage in different religious traditions at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.moreless
  • Wounded Soldiers Center

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    10/28/11

    The first battle many seriously wounded soldiers face is whether they want to go on with their lives and then endure the long, painful process of healing, often alone. Doctors have learned that wounded soldiers heal faster and more completely when they have family around them. That's what happens here at the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio.moreless
  • Religion at Occupy Wall Street

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    10/28/11

    Growing numbers of leaders from across the religious spectrum have been supporting Occupy Wall Street's protest against greed and economic inequity.
  • Campaign 2012: Republican Presidential Candidates

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    10/21/11

    Evangelicals are a key Republican constituency, especially in the primary season, and they still appear to be up for grabs.
  • Leith Anderson Extended Interview

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    10/21/11

    Advance directives respect familial relationships, spiritual values, and individual choices, says the president of the National Association of Evangelicals.
  • Multifaith Theological Education

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    10/21/11

    The Claremont School of Theology, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and the Academy for Jewish Religion California are partners in a new effort to educate leaders for churches, synagogues, and mosques in shared classes.moreless
  • Advance Directives

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    10/21/11

    In La Crosse, Wisconsin, 96 percent of all adults die with a completed advance directive. The directives are often based on end-of-life conversations that reflect a patient's spiritual and ethical values.
  • October 21, 2011

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    S 2011 : Ep 10.21.11 - 10/21/11

    Advance directives and the ethics of end-of-life care; The Republican presidential candidates and religion; A new multifaith university that trains pastors, rabbis, and imams in the same classes.
  • Simchat Torah

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    10/14/11

    "It's an expression of the love for our Torah, our teachings. It's also a great way to begin the New Year," says Rabbi Ravid Shnever, spiritual leader of Kehila Chadasha and the Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Center of Greater Washington.moreless
  • Supreme Court: Ministerial Exception

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    10/7/11

    "If anything is covered by separation of church and state, this is it," says lawyer Douglas Laycock, who argued for the Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran Church and School, and nearly 100 diverse religious groups filed briefs supporting a church's right to choose its own ministers.moreless
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